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Pan pizza - pizza from the cast iron pan

Crispy pizza from the cast iron pan

Pan pizza, also known as "Pan Pizza," is a type of pizza that, unlike traditional Italian pizza, is known for its thicker, crispy crust. It is baked in a deep dish or large pan, which is greased with some oil. This gives its crust its characteristic thickness, making it deliciously crispy and airy. The origins of pan pizza can be traced to the USA, where Italian immigrants have been spreading their traditional dish for a long time. Pizza chains now offer creative variations of it worldwide, including crusts filled with cheese, adding an extra intense flavor to the pizzas.

What type of pan is suitable for my pan pizza?

Due to their excellent heat conductivity and retention, cast-iron pans are particularly well-suited for pan pizza. The dough is evenly baked thanks to the uniform heat distribution, resulting in a crispy texture throughout. The robustness and durability of cast-iron pans also make them a worthwhile investment. They can withstand high temperatures during pizza baking without warping or breaking. Additionally, cast-iron pans possess natural non-stick properties. The natural patina prevents the dough or filling from sticking, ensuring that the finished pizza can be easily released from the pan.

Heat the pizza in the pan:

Many people enjoy cold leftover pizza, but to reheat it and restore its delicious crispiness, there's a simple trick. Instead of using the oven or microwave, reheat the leftovers in a cast-iron pan. For a crispy crust, add a few drops of olive oil to the pan and heat the stove to medium. Now, place the pizza slices in the pan and cover with a lid. The heat is better retained with a closed lid, and the pizza warms up more quickly from the top. Be cautious when adjusting the stove temperature, as the pizza crust can quickly burn at too high heat.

Recipe for pizza from the pan

No. of persons1 personNo. of persons
Total Timeca. 75 minutesTotal Time
Level of difficultyeasyLevel of difficulty
Dishmain mealDish
Kitchenware Kitchenware
Pan , Chopping board , Knife , Plate , Spouting bowl , Hand mixer or food processor
Knusprige Pizza aus der Pfanne
List of ingredients
500 g Flour
250 ml Lukewarm water
1 cube Yeast
1 pinch Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
2 tablespoon Olive oil
500g Tomato sauce
150g Cheese (shredded mozzarella or grated pizza cheese)
Topping of your choice (salami, ham, mushrooms, tomato, red onions)
Kochende Miss Oryoki
Step 1

Tip: If you don't have fresh yeast at home for this recipe, you can also replace the yeast cube with 1 pack of dry yeast. The steps for the yeast dough are identical despite using dry yeast.

Step 2

First of all, prepare the pizza dough. To do this, place the 500g flour in a bowl. Now add the remaining ingredients and knead with the dough hook of a food processor or hand mixer for approx. 8-10 minutes. When the dough is nice and smooth, cover the mixing bowl with a cloth and leave the dough to rise in a warm place for about 40 minutes. In the meantime, you can prepare the toppings you want to use for the topping.

Step 3

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees top/bottom heat and place your large pan in the middle of the oven.

Step 4

Dust the work surface with flour or durum wheat semolina and place your risen dough on it. Divide the dough into equal pieces depending on the size of the pan. Now roll out the dough on the floured work surface to form a flatbread.

Step 5

Remove the cast iron pan from the oven. The natural patina of the cast iron pan acts as a non-stick coating and ensures that your pizza does not burn on the bottom. We still recommend spreading a few drops of oil on the base, as this makes the base extra crispy. Carefully place the formed dough in the hot pan. - Caution hot: risk of burning! Now spread the dough generously with tomato sauce and sprinkle with cheese. At this point, you can top your pizza with any other ingredients you like - anything that tastes good is allowed!

Step 6

Place the pan in the oven. The baking time may vary slightly, but your pan pizza should be ready after around 6-8 minutes and have reached an optimum degree of browning. Incidentally, a lid is not required when baking the pizza.

Step 7

Remove the pan pizza from the oven and drizzle with a little olive oil. If you like, top with basil and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Enjoy your meal!

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